With Corinth Square CID projects nearing completion, property owner ready to celebrate

Four “pocket parks,” including this one outside Mely’s Yogurt & Ice Cream, were a major part of the Corinth redevelopment.

Seven months after work began, and more than two years after the Prairie Village City Council approved the Community Improvement District that made the project possible, Corinth Square owner LANE4 is ready to celebrate the (near) completion of its work on the shopping center.

This Thursday, LANE4 and the Corinth merchants will be hosting a free event from 5-7 p.m. to recognize the milestone. There will be complimentary wine and beer along with live music. Merchants and LANE4 executives will have a ribbon cutting at the center’s southwest corner (by the Mayor’s Christmas Tree) at 5:45 p.m.

The work completed to date — excluding the construction of the new CVS building, which was privately financed — cost approximately $4 million. LANE4 will be submitting those expenses to the city for reimbursement under the CID agreement.

Overall response to the renovations, which included extensive work to the main center’s facade, roof and parking lot, has been very positive, said LANE4’s Jeff Berg — though the company is preparing to address a concern it’s heard from several merchants and shoppers. LANE4 will be reworking the parking lot intersection just in front of Salty Iguana to increase the turning radius.

“Everyone really likes the look of the center overall, but some people are concerned with the turning radius to get into the parking lot after you’ve come into the center off Mission Road,” Berg said. “We will be widening it in the coming weeks.”

Though Thursday’s event is intended to commemorate the completion of the project, there are a couple of elements still in progress. The fountain at the “pocket park” at the center’s northeast corner — outside of what will be a new Spin! Neapolitan Pizza — will be completed around Oct. 25. And crews are in the middle of a major renovation to the exterior of the Corinth Hen House.

“It’s been a busy few months, and we really appreciate everyone working around the construction,” Berg said. “We’re excited to have the improvements completed and ready for the community to enjoy.”

The facade improvements included new signage, cedar pillars and lighting fixtures.
A reworking of the Johnny’s Tavern exterior and roof were part of the project.
Initially, the “pocket park” outside Urban Table was supposed to feature a sunken seating area with a gas-powered fire element. But safety concerns led LANE4 to replace that idea with a small garden.